MeteoFrance, the international weather forecasters, have raised the alert on an approaching tropical storm in the next 24 hours for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet in the Indian Ocean. The tropical storm could even pick up to become a cyclone but, similarly, could peter out into a depression. Either way, the winds are likely to be high, according to Infante, with a worst case of gusts of up to 70 knots, which is more than the one-design Volvo Ocean 65s have faced so far.
UPDATE 20:00 HRS - Dongfeng, currently in 4th place have a technical problem with the mast track of the Chinese entry that has added to the stress for Charles Caudrelier and his crew. The problem is not fully repairable in the current upwind and bumpy conditions, and is certainly an issue of concern for the team.
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26 November 2014 18:47 GMT